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Teen says bullies beat him, sues New York schools

By Julie Cannold, CNN
June 21, 2012 -- Updated 1302 GMT (2102 HKT)
Kardin Ulysse, 14, is suing the New York school system, saying it failed to supervise the youths who beat him.
Kardin Ulysse, 14, is suing the New York school system, saying it failed to supervise the youths who beat him.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New York middle school student files $16 million lawsuit against the city
  • He says he was blinded in one eye after being assaulted by boys at a Brooklyn school
  • Two of the accused attackers have been arrested and face disciplinary action
  • Youth has undergone two unsuccessful surgeries to try to restore his sight

New York (CNN) -- A New York City middle school student, who says he was blinded in one eye after being assaulted by a group of boys at a Brooklyn school, has filed a $16 million lawsuit against the city, according to his attorney.

"I can't see from my right eye at all, nothing," Kardin Ulysse said Tuesday.

The 14-year-old says he was attacked in the cafeteria of Roy Mann Junior High School on June 5, said his attorney, Sanford Rubenstein. The lawsuit says the school failed to properly supervise the students accused of the attack.

Two of the accused attackers have been arrested and face disciplinary action, according to the New York City Department of Education.

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The boys have not been identified, and police did not immediately respond to CNN inquiries.

Kardin's father, Pierre Ulysse, said his son had complained about bullying on multiple occasions, telling reporters that his son was beaten, kicked and punched in the face.

The younger Ulysse has undergone two unsuccessful surgeries to try to restore his sight, and will try for a cornea transplant, his father said.

"It has been so hard on us because we are very private," said the elder Ulysse. "And it's like very, very hard, we can't really function."

The Department of Education said, "We take bullying very seriously and have programs to address this."

"The principal reported it and police were called," the statement said.

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